Luke Honey

Luke Honey

Writer, Blogger & Art Dealer
http://www.lukehoney.typepad.com
Biography

Former auction expert turned amateur cook and book obsessive, Luke has been writing The Greasy Spoon blog since 2007: a personal and sometimes irreverent take on the link between food and culture. He has also contributed to The Spectator Coffee House, The Dabbler and The Hotspur and has a regular blogging column for Homes and Antiques. He lives in London with his wife and book chewing whippet. Current enthusiasms include the food of the American South and London Dry Gin.

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Luke's recommendations
The Harry's Bar Cookbook

The Harry's Bar Cookbook

Arrigo Cipriani

Recipes from the legendary Venetian bar and restaurant. I like the way Cipriani talks about his 'cooks', rather than his 'chefs'.

The Prawn Cocktail Years

The Prawn Cocktail Years

Simon Hopkinson and Lindsey Bareham

In fact, anything by the great Simon Hopkinson must be included. If only the list could be longer. One of the best books on post-war British food.

Arabella Boxer's Book of English Food

Arabella Boxer's Book of English Food

Arabella Boxer

Splendid investigation into English Country House food of the 1920's and 30's. Recently re-published by the Fig Tree Press in a beautifully designed edition.

A Kitchen in France

A Kitchen in France

Mimi Thorisson

One of the best recent books on French Country Cooking. From the table of the lovely Mimi Thorisson: as much about substance as style; everything works.

Brit Spice

Brit Spice

Manju Malhi

Currently trading on Amazon for a penny. It deserves better than this. Currently one of my favourite Indian cookery books. Simple, delicious Anglo-Indian food, well thought out and clearly tested by the writer.

Classic Conran

Classic Conran

Terence Conran and Vikki Conran

A superb book. Anglo-French by inclination. Everything works.

Memories of Gascony

Memories of Gascony

Pierre Koffmann

Mitchell Beazley released a beautifully produced new edition of the old classic in 2012. His Gratin d'Haricots Verts is to die for.

Elizabeth David's Christmas

Elizabeth David's Christmas

Elizabeth David

Had to include something from the great Mrs David, even if some of her recipes can end in disaster.

A Taste of Morocco

A Taste of Morocco

Robert Carrier

Dear old Robert Carrier, now forgotten and consigned to the culinary dustbin of history. This is my favourite Carrier work, lavishly illustrated; charming and enthusiastic.

White Trash Cooking

White Trash Cooking

Ernest Matthew Mickler

Bizarre. Subversive. First catch your possum.

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What's playing in Luke's kitchen?

Bach. Elgar. Rolling Stones.